2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Eusebius remains skeptical of politicians promises during election season

With May 8 national elections fast approaching, politicians across the spectrum make promises in order to gain political votes.

Eusebius McKaiser asks his listeners if their level of skepticism is high or low in terms of things that politicians say during such a time.

Read: Eusebius asks why we get excited over run-of-the-mill events in SA

What I mean by this is, I see the Democratic Alliance (DA) is now wanting Parliament to have a special sitting to address the energy crisis.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

I have to confess it is tough for me not to see that they are calling for this because it is a quick electoral win to shame the ruling party.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

I had the same thought on Sunday morning when Naledi Pandor made the announcement about the almost R1 billion that will be earmarked to try and deal with historic debt related to post-secondary education.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

I thought ok, the timing here is a bit fishy but I don't know, the cynic in me is tempted to think you (Pandor) just want quick electoral wins.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

I have to say, and I feel the same about suddenly load shedding not being a thing this week. How can we have experienced up to level 4 of load shedding and then the next thing on Sunday morning, we are told by the government that there will be no load shedding for the coming week.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

How can you have fixed the problem so quickly? It doesn't make sense to me.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

I feel the same about Day Zero. I wonder whether Day Zero is genuinely not a problem or whether the political risk of being honest about the water crisis is one that the DA only wants to deal with after the elections.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

I wonder if Eskom is really ok this week or whether this is the government is suddenly worried about the political cost if there would be stage 4 load shedding on May 8.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

These examples raise a very important question about your relationship and your attitude towards our politicians.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Do you second guess their motive or do you think that there is way too much cynism? Or do think that it is probably prudent to be a little bit skeptical about the motives of politicians across the political landscape?

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

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